Always "busy", 24 hours a day, 24 days a week, the Meatpacking District has grown tremendously over the past 20 years, both architecturally and artistically. Chosen as the preferred base by stylists, designers, architects, the neighborhood has gradually taken on an almost snobbish air, which can be seen in the fascinating contrasts between historic buildings and the dynamism of the new buildings. A lively center full of activities of various kinds, from art galleries to night clubs, from trendy restaurants to the headquarters of major technology companies, Meatpacking attracts heterogeneous visitors every year, thanks to its ability to satisfy everyone's needs.
The origin of the name dates back to the nineteenth century when in this district almost all the establishments were involved in meat processing and the area was in fact nicknamed New York butcher, from Meatpacking, or meat packaging. Today some companies still work in this sector, but the rest of the neighborhood has taken on a very chic and exclusive aura.
- Where is it and how to get there
- What to do and see
- Gansevoort St
- High Line Park
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- Ground Zero Museum Workshop
- Gansevoort Market
- Chelsea Market
- Ample Hills Creamery
- Shopping & High Fashion
- Samsung 837
- Rag & Bone
- Where to eat
- Dos Caminos
- Del Posto
- The Sugar Factory
- Stk steakhouse
- Catch NYC
- Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge
Where is it and how to get there
Meatpacking is an area located in the extreme west of Manhattan, bordering Chelsea to the north and the West Village to the south, between 11th Avenue in the west, W 14th Street in the north, 9th Avenue in the east and Gansevoort Street in the south. To reach it by metro you can get off at 14 Street Station, served by lines A, C, E (blue) and L (gray). For a guide on how to use this vehicle, read our article on the New York Subway.
What to do and see
At the end of the 800th century, an entire portion of the Meatpacking District took its name from General Peter Gansevoort, hero and war veteran. Gansevoort Street, which winds its way from the riverside west to east in Downtown Manhattan, keeps the retro aspect of its nineteenth-century origins almost unchanged thanks to the presence of warehouses and warehouses, once used for the production of meat, now transformed into galleries of 'art, chic cafes, high fashion boutiques, luxury restaurants. Its peculiarity is that, most likely, it is the only street in New York where you can easily buy meat, antique furniture and, why not, a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes.
High Line Park
Destined for demolition, the High Line was literally saved by the local population who, with a petition, made it possible to transform this abandoned industrial area into a public park. Which is actually much more than just a park. Public space, l’High Line Park it is also a receptacle for art, manicured gardens, exhibitions by street artists, take away delicacies.
As if that weren't enough, what makes this park even more unique is its position: the park is in fact located on the historic site of a railway line used for the transport of goods, disused, and transformed into a dynamic and multifunctional space. With over 500 species of plants and trees, at the High Line Park you can attend events and demonstrations open to all and completely free. Read our guide to the New York High Line.
- Where: the park is accessible by convenient elevators, from several areas, including Gansevoort Street and 14th Street.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Initially founded in Greenwich Village by the sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the Whitney Museum of American Art first moved near Fifth Avenue, then 54th Street, to land on Gansevoort Street in 2015. Innovative from its origins, this museum exhibits and highlights American art, praising the works produced in the twentieth century, as well as focusing attention on contemporary productions, with a particular focus on artists still alive.
The building in which the museum is currently housed bears the architect's signature Renzo Piano and offers a collection of over 24.000 works of art produced by more than 3.500 American artists. The Whitney Museum of American Art is open every day except Tuesdays, from 10.30am to 18pm (Friday closing time is 22pm). Admission costs $ 25 for adults, $ 18 for students and over 65s, and under 18s are free. Read our guide to the Whitney Museum of American Art.
- Where: 99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District, New York City.
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Not to be confused with Ground Zero, however, this museum is clearly related to the 11/XNUMX tragedy. Founded by the photographer and firefighter Marlon Suson, inside there are shots and portraits connected to the terrorist attack, but not only. With a view to collective memory, the photographer has also wisely documented the entire reconstruction phase, the emergence of New York and New Yorkers from their ashes, to return to a new life.
The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday, open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 11.00 to 15.00. The entrance ticket costs $ 25 for visitors aged 12 to 64, $ 19 for adults over 65, $ 19 for visitors aged 4 to 12.
- Where: 420 West 14th Street, secondo piano, Meatpacking District, New York City.
As the essay would say… “good food is always an excellent idea”. And since we Italians put the gastronomic experience in our personal top ten of things to try when we are abroad, here is the Gansevoort Market is one of the must-see spots in the Meatpacking district. Opened as a "local" market for the very first time in 1884, the Gansevoort Market has grown, not only in terms of vendors, but also as a unique place, in which to taste cuisines from all over the world.
In fact, it ranges from the classic American burger, through Asian delicacies, to pizza, crepe, lobster sandwiches. There are also corners designed for vegetarians and vegans, as well as spaces dedicated to desserts. All dishes are freshly prepared and can be enjoyed in a warm, welcoming and very relaxed environment. The Gansevoort Market is open from Sunday to Thursday, from 11.00 to 20, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 to 21.00.
- Where: Gansevoort Market, 353 W 14th Street, Meatpacking District, New York City.
Equally cool and acclaimed is Chelsea Market (just outside the Meatpacking district, but while you're at it, why miss it?). A real gourmand institution, this market, housed in the ancient headquarters of the National Biscuit Company (the one that, according to legend, invented the Oreo cookie), spans an entire block and sells only the highest quality products.
Great names in world gastronomy have dedicated spaces here, as well as fresh raw materials (fruit and vegetables directly from the producers), freshly baked bread, international and non-international wines, desserts. Obviously, also in the Chelsea Market there are several options for healthy lunch: soups, fresh pasta, salads, and the famous ready-to-savor lobsters are part of the culinary offer; it is open from Monday to Saturday, from 7 to 2 am, closed on Sundays. Are you curious to know more? Read our guide to Chelsea Market.
- Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets), New York City.
Ample Hills Creamery
It is much more than just an ice cream parlor. Being New York, it can be considered THE ice cream parlor. Founded by a couple almost for fun, in a few days after its opening in 2011 the Ample Hills Creamery ran out of ice cream following the real onslaught by customers. The reason is very simple: Brian e Jackie, the two owners, prepare their ice cream using only natural ingredients, without the addition of dyes or preservatives.
And the names of the tastes available to customers, really captivating, do the rest. A few examples? Summer of Love (a mix of cup-cake and ice cream), Fluffernutter Fudge (which in Spanish sounds like "Parisian custard wad"), or the Spider Man flavor (whose flavor mixes cherry pie with ice cream with cream). The Ample Hills Creamery store in Meatpacking, located inside the famous restaurant Bubby’s High Line, is open every day. From Monday to Saturday, from 12 to 23, while on Sunday it is open from 11 to 23.
- Where: 73 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District, New York City.
Shopping & High Fashion
For fashion victims halfway between Carrie Bradshaw and Chiara Ferragni, this address cannot fail to be included in the travel agenda. An exclusive and chic store, very famous (so much so that it was even included in an episode of the Saturday Night Live), Jeffrey is the temple of high fashion, both for men and women. Not surprisingly, the brands it sells include Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, to name just a few. It goes without saying that the prices are just as exclusive….
- Where: 449 West 14th Street tra la 9th e la 10th Avenue, Meatpacking District, New York City.
Another address not to be missed is the store Samsung 837, a place that will appeal to fans of technology, but also of modern culture. The mega store is located right in the heart of the Meatpacking district and is not only a place to shop, but also to enjoy art, fashion, sports and, of course, technology. All usable through the most advanced smartphones and Samsung devices.
In addition, it is also possible to follow photography training, receive useful tips on how to simplify your life with the latest generation Samsung products, try augmented reality devices. In short, a journey within a journey. Finally, inside the store there is also an amphitheater and a café. The Samsung 837 is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 21pm, Saturdays from 10am to 21pm and Sunday from 11.30am to 18pm.
- Where: 837 Washington Street, Meatpacking District, New York City.
Rag & Bone
Unusual shop for customers who are fond of style Brit-pop, Rag & Bone combines the best British style with a very New York modern design, but at the same time classic. Impossible to explain: to fully understand why these clothes have become synonymous with charm and elegance, both for men and women, it is necessary to experience their allure in person. It should also be noted that the prices are affordable. The shop is open from Monday to Saturday, from 11 to 20, while on Sundays the continuous hours are from 12 to 19.
- Where: 425 W 13th Street, Meatpacking District, New York City.
Where to eat
Elegant, but with an ethnic twist, this restaurant is a corner of Mexico in New York. The wide and very tasty gastronomic offer includes the best of Mexican cuisine. The main dishes to order are: the guacamole, the Asada Tacos and the ceviche. To be served with the house drink, the margarita, voted the best in the whole Big Apple.
Finally, don't forget to order a tequila, choosing from a menu of over 150 proposals. Cost of dinner, per person, excluding drinks: from $ 60. Dos Caminos is open for lunch, dinner and brunch, from Sunday to Thursday, from 11.30 to 22, Friday and Saturday from 11.30 to 24.
- Where: 675 Hudson Street /14th Street, Meatpacking District, New York City.
1 Michelin star for this restaurant owned by Joe and Lidia Bastianich. An address whose cuisine speaks strictly Spanish, in a chic and elegant setting, amidst marble and mahogany, muted lights and Gershwin's songs played live. It goes without saying that the dishes are all masterpieces, but the most famous are the beef carpaccio with truffle strips, parmesan and watercress sprouts as well as garganelli with Bolognese sauce.
La Michelin star, however, it must not scare. Also open for lunch, the restaurant offers a tasting menu, drinks not included, consisting of three courses (choice of starter, main course and dessert) at $ 69 per person. The dinner is different: the fixed menu, including 5 courses (starter of your choice, main course, dessert selected from the entire menu of proposals and two types of pasta to share, costs $ 179 per person, drinks not included. Del Posto is open for lunch from Monday to Friday, from 12 to 13.45, while for dinner it is open from Monday to Wednesday, from 17.30 to 22, Thursday and Friday from 17.30 to 23.00, Saturday from 16.30 to 23.00 and Sunday from 16.30 to 22.00.
- Where: 85 10th Avenue, Meatpacking District, New York City.
The Sugar Factory
American brasserie, at the Sugar Factory you can both eat and buy delicacies. The atmosphere is refined and elegant, the cocktails prepared are sublime and the chocolate served as an accompaniment is simply wonderful. Declined in all its variations, cocoa is also presented in the form of fondues, crepes and much more, while ice cream, proposed in 12 variations, is available all year round.
But the real gem lies in the dishes that accompany the cocktails: sandwiches of different sizes, filled with simple or elaborate ingredients, very fresh waffles, salads, pizza and much more. Cost per person, including cocktail and dish, from $ 42. Open only for lunch, Sugar Factory hours are Monday to Thursday from 11 to 12, Friday from 11 to 14, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 12.
- Where: 835 Washington Street, Meatpacking District, New York City.
STK Downtown's cool spot, STK Steakhouse sits on a beautiful terrace with stunning views of High Line Park and the Hudson River. Restaurant and lounge, the restaurant offers a menu with a typical American imprint, with different dishes prepared on the grill, salads based on fresh and local products and unmissable cocktails. Every Sunday evenings, then, the location comes alive with DJ sets.
Cost of dinner, excluding drinks, per person, from $ 70. The restaurant is open every day, with different hours. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 15.30 pm to midnight, Thursday from 15.30 pm to 15.30 am, Friday from 2 pm to 17 am, Saturday from 2 pm to 17 am and Sunday from XNUMX pm to midnight.
- Where: 26 Little W 12th Street, Meatpacking District, New York City.
A restaurant specializing in seafood dishes, the Catch NYC is housed in a historic building in the Meatpacking District and offers an elegant and sophisticated setting. Not only internal seats, however, but also the possibility of having lunch or dinner (or dedicating oneself to Sunday brunch) its a panoramic terrace. The menu is famous for Cantonese lobster, salmon carpaccio and Catch Roll made with crab, salmon, miso and honey. Cost per person, excluding lunch and drinks, from $ 38.
- Where: 21 Ninth Avenue, Meatpacking District, New York City.
Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge
Located inside one of the chicest and coolest hotels in the area, the Gansevoort, this venue enjoys a spectacular panoramic view of the New York skyline, which gives its best in the evening. Specializing mainly in cocktails and wines (national and international), it is possible to dine tasting meat and canapé dishes, as well as some fish dishes. Although it is also open during the day, it is recommended to go there in the evening, when the soft lights of the interior blend with those of the Big Apple outside. Magic is assured.
- Where: 18 Ninth Avenue, presso l’Hotel Gansevoort, Meatpacking District, New York City.
Meatpacking District is a good neighborhood to sleep in both for its excellent location and for the pleasantness of the area. Among other things, the density of housing is rather high compared to the circumscribed size of the district. To give you an idea, here are all the available facilities:
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I also suggest reading our guide on where to sleep in New York, with tips on how to save, the best areas and some recommended accommodations.